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by Lootman
May 20th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Investment Trusts and Unit Trusts
Topic: Scottish Mortgage and the Eighth Wonder
Replies: 17
Views: 1148

Re: Scottish Mortgage and the Eighth Wonder

For after 35 years, Scottish Mortgage would have expanded from an initial 375,561 shares bought at 9.64p equivalent in Apr. 1983 to 712,780 shares worth 512p apiece at Mar. 31, 2019: total value £3,649,431, almost a 100x increase. And an annual dividend of £22k to boot (based on 712780 shares at 3....
by Lootman
May 20th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: High Yield Portfolios (HYP) - Practical
Topic: National Grid Finals
Replies: 40
Views: 1547

Re: National Grid Finals

I dumped my NG last month. Proceeds are now safely offshore in SE Asia. There is no way Marxists are going to rob me of a penny while I draw breath. It makes no difference to me whether it's imaginary red under the bed or self-engrandising, greedy or hubristic directors wrecking a company. Both are...
by Lootman
May 19th, 2019, 6:09 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Serious Question - who do I vote for?
Replies: 446
Views: 4938

Re: Serious Question - who do I vote for?

Fine, they will all move down besides you and me and our cities will become even more crowded- job done. Good for my property value. Maybe then I sell up, buy that vacant croft and then demand subsidies :D Not sure my wife's condition is a life choice, type 1 diabetes originating age 19 in a very h...
by Lootman
May 19th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Brokers and Share Dealing
Topic: Best Broker to transfer to
Replies: 11
Views: 314

Re: Best Broker to transfer to

I really do not want more than two accounts, outside of pension accounts. Didn't you used to have six, or does my memory fail me? I did. Some were pension plans. I did consolidate and merge some others as well but now feel I have too much at one particular broker - partly a victim of its own succes...
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Serious Question - who do I vote for?
Replies: 446
Views: 4938

Re: Serious Question - who do I vote for?

And public transport fully private would see large swathes of the country with no provision, it would likely see the Western Isles etc virtually cut off from the mainland, there would certainly be little in the way of rail services or bus services north of Inverness. Is the purpose of the state to ...
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Serious Question - who do I vote for?
Replies: 446
Views: 4938

Re: Serious Question - who do I vote for?

I'm not sure what the "police, the judiciary, the legislature and the senior officials in the executive" have to do with a mixed economy. Even in the USA they are not private, though they are AIUI under much greater democratic control than in the UK. In the US the police chief or sheriff,...
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Music, Theatre, TV and Film
Topic: Songs you'd prefer to NEVER hear again.
Replies: 33
Views: 452

Re: Songs you'd prefer to NEVER hear again.

My selection would be the well known dirge “American Pie”, closely followed by “Where do you go to my lovely”. Oh yes, two more candidates for the cultural-oblivion train. American Pie is just tedious ... I await your comments on the one I forgot. My third place goes to “Streets of London”. With ap...
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Brokers and Share Dealing
Topic: Best Broker to transfer to
Replies: 11
Views: 314

Re: Best Broker to transfer to

I am also interested in moving part of my account away from ii, although just for diversification purposes and not because I am unhappy. I was going to move to HSBC but their 0.25% platform fee would cost me a four-figure sum each year. Current favourite is iWeb but haven't got around to it yet. Lo...
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: May's departure
Replies: 57
Views: 761

Re: May's departure

When in doubt vote for the government that will do and change the least. By that measure I am fine with May and the Tories. At this particular moment, voting for the Cons would mean voting for Brexit. Which however you look at it is quite a change compared with 75-odd years of increasingly close ti...
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Serious Question - who do I vote for?
Replies: 446
Views: 4938

Re: Serious Question - who do I vote for?

I think it would be fair to say that my description of the underlying approach of the Conservative and Labour parties and what holds them together seems to be supported by the evidence to date on this thread. Thinking that you are right is a poor consolation for losing elections. I'll always choose...
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Chateau cock-up
Replies: 43
Views: 659

Re: Chateau cock-up

It seems you can buy on-line from England without the minimum pricing applying, if you buy from Scotland to be sent to England then minimum pricing will apply. This fascinates me. So you'd think there would be booze shops opening up on the English side of the border. Like a reverse of Gretna Green....
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: May's departure
Replies: 57
Views: 761

Re: May's departure

I would have thought that Labour would see May staying on as Tory leader and PM as an asset for their cause, just as many Tories see Corbyn as Labour leader as an asset. Personally I think they are a perfect pair and match for each other. Both are utterly useless. To a degree, but given stage one B...
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Serious Question - who do I vote for?
Replies: 446
Views: 4938

Re: Serious Question - who do I vote for?

He isn't necessarily as pretty, but given the opportunity he can have an impact. A true leader makes their own opportunities, they don't need to be given them. The LibDem's problem since their inception, is that they have no core belief. Hence they can adopt a more Tory mantle when fighting Labour,...
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: High Yield Shares & Strategies - general
Topic: Losing the faith - should I just sell and move to funds (Poor Performance / Renationalisation)
Replies: 46
Views: 1526

Re: Losing the faith - should I just sell and move to funds (Poor Performance / Renationalisation)

...If there were an ETF that effectively captured the UK HY sector I think it would be a winner. But somehow the attempts so far have not done well. Vanguard haven't tried yet so there is still hope. Until then there are always investment trusts. Vanguard do do a global one though by the way, "...
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Chateau cock-up
Replies: 43
Views: 659

Re: Chateau cock-up

if you are a keen gardener, there is no better place to drink a glass of chilled white than in your garden in the sunshine under your patio umbrella! I have a spot in the thicket part of my garden where there is a strategically placed bench, next to Eric (my friend and garden gnome). It is surround...
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: High Yield Portfolios (HYP) - Practical
Topic: National Grid Finals
Replies: 40
Views: 1547

Re: National Grid Finals

CNA: "The market expects a dividend cut of 20%" and even then the dividend would not be covered. Where do they get "the market expects" from? It's yield is 2.9x CTY at close. Eek. Reminds me of the yields on the ill-fated income shares of split capital investment trusts around t...
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Serious Question - who do I vote for?
Replies: 446
Views: 4938

Re: Serious Question - who do I vote for?

And let’s face it Vince has less charisma than a dead fish. I suppose you would not be surprised that I disagree. I think Vince would have made a good leader instead of Nick Clegg. He (Vince) is far more creative in his thinking. Ha, "creative" is one way to describe him I suppose, as a e...
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: High Yield Shares & Strategies - general
Topic: Losing the faith - should I just sell and move to funds (Poor Performance / Renationalisation)
Replies: 46
Views: 1526

Re: Losing the faith - should I just sell and move to funds (Poor Performance / Renationalisation)

I followed the fortunes of IUKD for quite a few years. It had a disastrous start, due to a high proportion of financial shares at the wrong time. Initially rebalanced once a year, they changed managers and switched to quarterly rebalancing, with some limitations, as I recall. That can be the proble...
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Brokers and Share Dealing
Topic: Best Broker to transfer to
Replies: 11
Views: 314

Re: Best Broker to transfer to

Hi I am currently with II and am looking to move to another broker,I have lost faith with them, whenever I have need to contact them I have to use their secure message service which is hopeless (I work longer hours than they are open), I have complained to the CEO, and the latest issue I have is st...
by Lootman
May 18th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Chateau cock-up
Replies: 43
Views: 659

Re: Chateau cock-up

I wonder if someone ordered the £260 bottle in order to impress, rather than because they were knowledgeable about wine? In which case they would never have noticed the different label or taste. Yeah, reminds me of a story a wine waiter told me. He had a table where the guy was trying to impress an...

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